Home

Resolution Evolution

By Karen Austin

I gave up making resolutions years ago. I abandoned the practice for several reasons. Naturally, I end up breaking my resolutions fairly quickly, which led to shame, discouragement, and a frenzied feeding of my vices. Like Paul, I am grossly disappointed in my ability to keep my resolutions. He describes his wrestle between virtue and …

Read More

What Would You Attempt to do if You Knew You Could Not Fail?

By Megan Wilcox Goates

Eighteen years ago this month, I finished graduate school. At graduation, one of my professors gave me a paperweight with this inscription: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? It’s the kind of rhetorical question which can inspire one to bravely reach for whatever one’s goal is, regardless of …

Read More

New Year and Medias Res

By Jennie LaFortune

It’s that time again. Lots of talk about beginnings and endings, welcoming your new life, and releasing your old self. Blah. To be fair, I see the value in ushering a new wave of months’ promises and a fresh starts. I swing between embracing the invitation for blank slates, and thinking it’s all a trick …

Read More

Book of Mormon Challenge Accepted—and Mangled

By Karen Austin

  This past October, when President Nelson issued the challenge for LDS women to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year, I could hear my father’s voice booming in the back of my head: “If you are going to do something, do it right.” I had just accepted a full teaching …

Read More

Taking the Challenge

By Jessie Christensen

Can I read seven books before the end of the year? Will it be worth the effort if I do, and will I regret if I don’t? Back in January I grabbed a bookmark from a local bookstore with a reading challenge on it. It promises that if I read 36 books this year, one for each of the categories listed, I can earn a gift certificate as a prize. Just to be clear, reading books is not usually a problem for me. I usually read an average of 80 books per year. I don’t need to increase my numbers and I’ve already read quite a few books not in the areas described on the challenge list. However, I have my favorite genres and authors and I’m not always good at reading beyond the areas I’m most familiar with. I thought that trying a reading challenge would be a good way to broaden my horizons and mix up my reading game. So far this has mostly worked and I’ve discovered some delightful books (I also spent a month slowly working my way through a 900-page long historical epic from the 1970s—that may have been a bad choice).

Read More

Everyday Achievement Award Goes To…

By Kellie Purcill

  It’s nearly the end of January and I can’t shake this idea: I’m going to give myself an Everyday Achievement Award. In past years I’ve given myself a report card, or focused on the misses. After all, I can easily think of  five goals I didn’t meet last year, goals I had written neatly …

Read More

So much Gold

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

My main occupation for the last year and a half has been spinning straw into gold. There’s no king with room after room of straw and there’s no little imp with an odd name bartering with ill intent. I have just been sorting all of my belongings, culling and tossing the dross and keeping the …

Read More

Around the World in Fifty Meals

By Jessie Christensen

A few weeks ago I got a powerful craving for chocolate chip cookies, and realized that I hadn’t baked any for nearly a year. How did I go a year without baking chocolate chip cookies? I’ve been baking sachertorte, baklava, pionono, pavlova, and other international treats instead. For the last year, my kids and I have been studying a different country every week. I tried this project once about six years ago when my kids were much younger, but this time around has worked better since they are older and more excited about participating.

Read More

Creating Space

By Jen Bosen

Our mulberry tree was a jungle unto itself. Despite its constant exposure to the blazing Phoenix sun and a sporadic watering schedule, it had become an impressive, if unshapely, beast. Last summer it was full and green and lush, with leaves bigger than my husband’s hands – limbs stretching toward the endless blue sky. And …

Read More

Guest Post: Part 3: How my life changed once I finally started to heal

This is Part 3 of a three-part guest post series about therapy after sexual abuse. Erin’s first post is here, and the second post is here. – Kel, Blog Co-Editor If you haven’t experienced this change – of not being triggered – it is difficult for me to describe what it was like and what it meant. …

Read More